Intaglio is as old as the printed word. Upon it’s origination, it was the only way to reproduce any printed matter onto paper. It has grown and spread throughout time, used for many different applications over the course of history. While many other printing techniques have been arisen and come into popularity, intaglio remains a truly unique process.
Intaglio is unique in today’s world because doing it the traditional way is truly an art form, but the technique has thrived as a commercial print process as well. Throughout it’s existence, the intaglio process remains an artistic endeavor that has also been widely used in the commercial production of many commonly known items.
Historically, intaglio has been the production method for currency, postage stamps, diplomas, legal documents and more. Intaglio in commercial print production is commonly used for :
Traditionally, intaglio required a master engraver to hand engrave metal plates before the advent of modern photoengraving techniques. While still an art form, today’s techniques and equipment allow a graphic designer to create artwork digitally, which is then converted to an etched die without the time and labor required previously by hand engraving.
We here at TAG are dedicated to our mission to promote and preserve the art of intaglio as a production print process, because the world needs more authenticity and more feeling and more connection between people.
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